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Federal Judicial History

The Center conducts research and produces resources on the history of the judicial branch of the federal government.  These resources include compilations of historical data on the courts, information about judges and judicial administration, as well as publications on federal judicial history. The Center also maintains a biographical directory of Article III judges from 1789 to the present, engages in outreach and education on federal judicial history, and works to promote the preservation of the history of the judicial branch.

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  • Charles Evans Hughes resigned from #SCOTUS #OTD in 1916 to run for president as a Republican; he later served as Secretary of State before being appointed Chief Justice in 1930
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  • The Bankruptcy Act of 1867, which referred to the U.S. district courts as "constituted courts of bankruptcy" was repealed #OTD in 1878; no federal bankruptcy law was passed to replace it until 1898
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  • #DYK? On June 3, 1813, the House of Representatives passed a resolution, introduced by Rep. John George Jackson of Virginia, establishing the Committee on the Judiciary (26 Annals of Congress 132)
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  • Bushrod Washington, nephew of George Washington who inherited Mount Vernon estate and served on #SCOTUS 1798-1829, was born #OTD in 1762
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  • Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns (D. Connecticut) died June 3 at age 95
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